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Last Updated: Monday, 9 April 2007, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Premiership clockwatch
Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan Bolton 1-1 Everton Fulham 1-3 Man City Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal Watford 4-2 Portsmouth

Later game:
Charlton v Reading (2000 BST)

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Caroline Cheese

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    1659: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-1 Everton
    A point apiece seems a fair result. Bolton will still have their eyes on Arsenal in fourth - they remain two points behind, albeit having played one game more.

    1658: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan
    Good effort from Wigan who were a man down after 34 minutes. Keeper John Filan was the outstanding performer.

    1655: FULL-TIME Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
    All square at St James'. Glenn Roeder is all smiles. Arsene Wenger isn't.

    1652: FULL-TIME Fulham 1-3 Man City
    The whistle goes at Craven Cottage and City complete a comfortable win to leave freefalling Fulham looking very nervously over their shoulders.

    1651: Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder appears to have settled for a draw as he brings on striker Albert Luque.

    1649: John Filan is the most unpopular man at Villa Park for the moment. He gets the biggest cheer of the afternoon as he slices his goal-kick straight out of play.

    1648: Wigan keeper John Filan is fortunate to escape a second booking after kicking the ball away. Villa skipper Gareth Barry makes his feelings known to referee Mark Halsey.

    1646: A goalmouth scramble at St James' Park - and Newcastle somehow survive. Julio Baptista has one shot blocked then Gilberto's deflected follow-up is headed off the line by Nobby Solano.

    1645: Wigan keeper John Filan gets a booking for time-wasting. The Latics will surely be delighted if they can hold out for a point after playing most of this match with 10 men.

    1644: Fulham are bombarding the City goal but the visitors are holding firm for the moment. Time running out for Chris Coleman's side.

    1640: Wigan keeper John Filan parries Olof Mellberg's header and then has to recover to claw the rebound off the line. Villa could not have come closer to a winner.

    1637: Bit of argy bargy at St James' Park. As Jens Lehmann fumbles the ball, Steven Taylor attempts to take advantage by kicking the ball out of his hands. There follows a half-hearted seven-man push-and-shove. William Gallas and Taylor get yellow cards. Lehmann rather bizarrely looks down his shorts.

    1633: GOAL Fulham 1-3 Man City
    Carlos Bocanegra gives Fulham a glimmer of hope by powering in a header from six yards out. About 15 minutes to go.

    1630: It's all gone a bit quiet around the grounds. Arsenal appear to be running out of ideas against Newcastle but if they hold on for a point, they will at least end a run of three defeats in a row.

    1625: Everton teenager James Vaughan is stretchered off after colliding with Bolton defender Abdoulaye Meite. James Beattie is on.

    1622: Not sure if this is good or bad news for Arsenal fans. I'll let you decide. Julio 'The Beast' Baptista is coming on to replace Alex Hleb.

    1620: The good news for Fulham is that Villa's equaliser against Wigan means if things stay the same, the Cottagers will at least remain three places above the relegation zone. Clutching at straws, clearly, but...

    1617: GOAL Fulham 0-3 Man City
    City are running riot. A mistake by Liam Rosenior allows Darius Vassell to run on and slot home number three. That's the former England man's first league goal since November.

    1614: GOAL Aston Villa 1-1 Wigan
    Gareth Barry feeds Patrik Berger, whose cross comes off Gabriel Agbonlahor and creeps just over the line despite Leighton Baines' attempt to clear.

    1611: Stiliyan Petrov lofts a ball over the Wigan defence but keeper John Filan keeps out Ashley Young's header.

    1609: Finally we're up and running again at Villa and Bolton. Wigan bring Ryan Taylor on for David Unsworth as boss Paul Jewell reshuffles his defence.

    1608: James Milner's swerving cross-shot almost catches out Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann - but the ball comes back off the bar.

    1606: Newcastle kick off the second half against Arsenal. Aston Villa finally jog out for the second half at Villa Park - Martin O'Neill's side are a goal down but a man up.

    1602: They're clearly in a hurry at Craven Cottage because we're back under way again - no sign of any the other teams even emerging from the tunnels.

    1558: I've just been watching replays of Kevin Davies' goal against Everton. It really is a comedy classic. Enjoy it on Match of the Day (Monday 2320 GMT). As Ivan Campo goes to take the free-kick, the Everton defence move out in a perfectly straight line - all except Joleon Lescott that is. Davies thumps in the volley, leaving Phil Neville looking at Lescott in complete disbelief.

    1552: We reach the interval at Villa Park and then the Reebok Stadium. What's happened to Fulham? They're only four points above the relegation zone and that doesn't look like changing today. Chris Coleman's side have won one of their last seven - and Premiership law says there's always one team that gets dragged into the mire. Could it be the Cottagers?

    1550: Half-time at St James' Park where Newcastle are holding Arsenal quite comfortably. As it stands, the Gunners would hold on to fourth place as Bolton are also all square at home to Everton.

    1547: It's half-time at Craven Cottage but we're still going everywhere else. Villa midfielder Shaun Maloney works space for a shot in the penalty area with some trickery but his effort is pretty woeful.

    1545: A great reaction save from Fulham stopper Antti Niemi stops Nedum Onuoha making it 3-0 to Manchester City with a powerful header from Michael Johnson's free-kick.

    1543: Nicky Butt cuts the ball back to Damien Duff, whose well-hit shot is deflected narrowly wide. Duff is still yet to score at St James' Park.

    1541: Fulham waste a great chance to pull a goal back. Simon Davies' free-kick finds Brian McBride at the far post but the American cannot direct his header on target.

    1541: Not surprisingly, Wilfred Bouma is unable to continue after Valencia's two-footed attack and Ashley Young is on for Villa.

    1540: When the Premiership turned bad... A shocking challenge from Bolton's El-Hadji Diouf leaves Phil Neville in a heap on the floor. The studs were up, the intent was menacing and the result was gruesome. Remarkably the England international dusts himself off and carries on. Diouf is booked.

    1537: RED CARD
    A horror show from Wigan's Antonio Valencia, who launches himself at the unsuspecting Wilfred Bouma and gets the most deserved red card you will ever see. Can't believe he's got the nerve to complain about it.

    1536: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Man City
    Lovely passing move from Manchester City - and it's not often we've said that recently. Michael Ball to Michael Johnson to Joey Barton to DaMarcus Beasley, who finishes the job.

    1535: GOAL Bolton 1-1 Everton
    Leon Osman's pass gets a lucky break off a Bolton defender but there's nothing fortunate about the assured finish from 18-year-old James Vaughan.

    1531: Arsene Wenger is out of his seat to bemoan a decision - and you can't blame him. Nobby Solano appears to bring down Freddie Ljungberg as the Swedish midfielder is about to latch onto Emmanuel Adebayor's backheel. To pour salt on the wound, Ljungberg is booked for protesting.

    1527: Bad news for Newcastle as Shay Given indicates to the bench that he is done for the day. He limps off to be replaced by Steve Harper.

    1524: GOAL Aston Villa 0-1 Wigan
    Controversial this one. Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen appears to be blocked by Matt Jackson as the corner comes over, leaving Emile Heskey to tap in Lee McCulloch's header. Referee Mark Halsey can expect a grilling from Martin O'Neill at half-time.

    1522: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Man City
    Not good news for struggling Fulham. Emile Mpenza muscles the ball off Moritz Volz and feeds Joey Barton, who makes space for himself on the edge of the area before finding the bottom corner of the net with a precise low drive.

    1520: GOAL Bolton 1-0 Everton
    Comical defending from Everton. Joleon Lescott forgets to play the offside trap, leaving about five Bolton players free in the box to knock in Ivan Campo's free-kick. Kevin Davies does the business.

    1518: Manchester City's first chance comes from a corner. Michael Johnson swings the ball in and Richard Dunne is not far off target with a firm header at the back post. When the ball breaks up the other end, Alexei Smertin stings Andreas Isaksson's hands with a fierce shot from 25 yards.

    1516: Arsenal have a free-kick in a decent position. Freddie Ljungberg touches it to Kolo Toure, whose poor effort dribbles harmlessly past the post.

    1513: Aston Villa midfielder Patrik Berger drives from midfield and unleashes a shot which takes a deflection off Leighton Baines. John Filan does well to change direction and tip the ball past the post.

    1510: Aston Villa's Wilfred Bouma fizzes a shot just over the crossbar. Wigan keeper John Filan calmly let it go - think it was closer than he expected though.

    1508: Simon Davies has Fulham's first effort on goal, picking up the ball 30 yards out and letting fly with a stinging drive that swerves just past Andreas Isaksson's post. All City have done so far is give the ball away.

    1506: Kieron Dyer tests Kolo Toure's pace with a sprint down the left wing. The Arsenal defender just about hangs on to his coat-tails but is grateful Dyer slips as he tries to cut inside.

    1503: Still a bit foggy at the Reebok but we're under way there as well as at Newcastle, with Aston Villa bringing up the rear.

    1500: We're off at Fulham. Excellent timekeeping at Craven Cottage.

    1459: Houston, we have a problem. The cheeky funsters at Bolton have let some fireworks off and the smoke has engulfed the Reebok.

    1453: At the Reebok Stadium, we have a couple of lads at either end of the pitch waving big flags saying 'BWFC - I feel good' accompanied by some techno music. Trotters mascot Lofty the Lion is dancing a merry gig.

    1446: On to today's games where a win for Bolton at home to Everton and defeat for Arsenal at Newcastle would see the Gunners drop out of the Champions League places at the expense of Sam Allardyce's men. A sparse crowd at St James' Park is being treated to a medley of Rod Stewart hits.

    1442: That's the first time Watford have scored four goals in the league this season and the first time Tamas Priskin and Gavin Mahon have scored in the Premiership. The other two goals came from Hameur Bouazza - the Hornets' top scorer this season with seven.

    1440: FULL-TIME Watford 4-2 Portsmouth
    The final whistle goes in the early game at Vicarage Road. If this result's anything to go by, we're in for some Bank Holiday fun this afternoon. Pompey contrive to beat leaders Manchester United then lose to bottom club Watford in the space of three days. Funny old game eh?

    TEAM NEWS

    Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill names the same starting line-up that won at Blackburn. Wigan make three changes as David Unsworth comes into defence for Arjan de Zeeuw, Josip Skoko and Caleb Folan drop to the bench and Danny Landzaat and Kevin Kilbane make the starting line-up.

    Bolton make two changes, with Ricardo Gardner preferred at left-back ahead of Tal Ben Haim and Ivan Campo returning from a two-match suspension to replace the benched David Thompson. Everton are unchanged after their 4-1 home victory over Fulham on Friday. Victor Anichebe (ankle) is not risked and neither is Manuel Fernandes who is struggling with a thigh strain.

    Fulham bring in Phillipe Christanval for Zat Knight at centre-back and Heidar Helguson replaces the injured Thomas Radzinski up front. Manchester City make one change with DaMarcus Beasley taking Stephen Ireland's place in midfield.

    Newcastle start with Emre in midfield in place of injured Scott Parker - the Turkey international's second start of the year. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes one change to the side beaten 1-0 at home by West Ham on Saturday with Abou Diaby coming in for Tomas Rosicky.


    SEE ALSO
    Monday's Premiership photos
    09 Apr 07 |  Football


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